Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Good numbers of migrants were grounded on the island overnight, and gradually filtered through the island during the day. Two Dotterels, presumed to be different to the birds from two days ago, arrived from out at sea and spent the afternoon on the South end. Passerine-migrants inland and around the coast amounted to: six Sand Martins, three Grasshopper Warblers, 12 Sedge Warblers, three Reed Warblers (two of which were trapped), 26 Whitethroats, 535 Willow Warblers, two Goldcrests, 10 Spotted Flycatchers and five Pied Flycatchers. A Water Rail was seen in the withies and a Greenshank and four Sanderlings were present on the Narrows.

Wheatears are beginning to appear around the coast in slightly larger numbers
 Spotted Flycatcher
Grasshopper Warbler

Over 100 Willow Warblers were trapped and ringed during the day, as well as two Reed Warblers (top) and a Pied Flycatcher (bottom). Many of the Willow Warblers were young birds (left most birds in the middle two images), although some were adults (right birds in middle two pictures)- comparisons of both in the hand at the same time were helpful. A strange-looking Willow Warbler (2nd from bottom) was also trapped. During the previous night, a Knot and a Ringed Plover were caught on Solfach.

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